- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former program manager at a Cleveland-area housing agency has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing $232,000 from the federally funded organization.

Thirty-four-year-old Amy Belz of Brunswick was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. She pleaded guilty in May to theft of government funds for a scheme involving the Parma Public Housing Agency.

Authorities say Belz fraudulently wrote 138 checks from the agency to herself between 2008 and 2014. Belz tried to hide the thefts by typing vendor names on carbon copies in the agency’s check register while creating false invoices for goods and services from legitimate vendors for the organization.

Belz’s attorney says the sentence is fair and that his client has learned an important lesson.

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